Sue Brown’s The Next Call
I love Sue Brown’s books. I’ve read most of them, and there is not a single bad one. Her latest book, The Next Call, is just as amazing. The one will rip your heart out, but gives it back in the end. I highly suggest you go pick up a copy for yourself. Today Sue joins me to talk a bit about the book, and some responses to it so far. Plus she highlights an organization near her that LGBT homeless youth. After her lovely guest post, read all about the amazing book. At the very bottom, be sure to enter for a chance to win an Amazon gift card, a paperback copy of Stolen Dreams, or ebook copies of her latest two books.
When I submitted this story I knew I was taking a risk. The Next Call is not your conventional boy meets boy love story. Nothing about it is conventional. I’m just lucky that Dreamspinner are prepared to take chances with me and I appreciate it very much.
It’s not easy for me to talk a lot about The Next Call without giving too much away. And if you’re reviewing it – sorry 😉 There are so many interwoven strands that finally come together at the end. With this story, it’s not so much what happen ‘on screen’ as what happens ‘off screen’ as the characters mature and grow. I hope I’ve managed to convey that.
People are starting to read it now and emailing me, usually with “You’re killing me here.” You’re in good company. The publisher and the editor did the same thing. You know what? That makes my day. The fact that a reader makes the effort to contact me mid-read really make my day. When I was heavily into books – when wasn’t I into books? – I never thought about contacting authors. I never thought of them as accessible.
With social media so many authors are accessible and willing to chat. I email all my favourite MM authors if I’ve loved one of their books. It’s not just our small genre. Look at the major authors like Neil Gaiman who is a huge deal on Twitter. I wish that some of my favourite fantasy authors were still alive. I would have messaged them one way or another to say thank you. They had a huge effect on my life. Still do really.
On the blog tour I want to highlight the amazing work LGBT helplines and charities do for people who really need them. I’ve focused on the UK because that is where I live. Please take the time to look at their sites.
The Albert Kennedy Trust supports LGBT young homeless people in crisis. They recently celebrated their twenty-fifth anniversary. They’ve seen a rise in the number of people who are outed on social media.
Mark Grayson volunteers for an LGBT helpline, the same one that helped him through his teenage years. One day he takes a call from “Ricky,” a suicidal man being forced into a marriage he doesn’t want. For weeks Mark talks to Ricky and provides support, but he’s frustrated by the lack of information Ricky provides and the decisions he’s making. In the meantime, Mark starts a relationship with another volunteer. Then tragedy strikes and Mark takes time away from the helpline, but when he comes back, Ricky is waiting. Mark realizes Ricky is stronger than before and their relationship changes, but Mark isn’t sure what their future holds if their relationship is destined to be at the end of the phone.
Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn’t following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact she hides so she can plot and has gotten expert at ignoring the orders.
Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favorite television series. The series was boring; the kissing was not. She may be late to the party, but she’s made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.
Dreamspinner Press: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6006
Feb 2: The Novel Approach, Andrew Q. Gordon
Feb 3: Alicia Nordwell, Diverse Reader
Feb 4: Elin Gregory, Sinfully Sexy
Feb 5: MM Good Book Reviews, Elisa: My Reviews and Ramblings
Feb 6: Molly Lolly, Prism Book Alliance
Feb 9: Because Two Men Are Better Than One, RJ Scott
Feb 10: Nic Starr, Inked Rainbow Reads
Feb 11: Wicked Faeries Tales and Reviews, Love Bytes Reviews
Feb 12: BFD Book Blog, Queer Town Abbey
Feb 13: 3 Chicks After Dark, Amanda C. Stone
Feb 16: Foxylutely Books, Fallen Angel Reviews
Feb 17: L.M. Brown, Crystal’s Many Reviewers
Feb 18: GGR Review, J. P. Barnaby
Feb 19: Charlie Cochet
Feb 20: Bike Book Reviews, My Fiction Nook
a Rafflecopter giveaway